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A Star Is Born (1976)

A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ritchie
Gary Danziger
One of the Oreos
Clydie King ...
One of the Oreos
M.G. Kelly ...
Bebe Jesus
Uncle Rudy ...
Stephen Bruton ...
The Speedway
Sammy Lee Creason ...
The Speedway (as Sam Creason)
Cleve Dupin ...
The Speedway


Talented rock star John Norman Howard has seen his career begin to decline. Too many years of concerts and managers and life on the road have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very talented singer Esther Hoffman. As one of his songs in the movie says "I'm gonna take you girl, I'm gonna show you how." And he does. He shows Esther the way to stardom while forsaking his own career. As they fall in love, her success only makes his decline even more apparent. Written by A. Lloyd Adams [aadams@airmail.net]

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Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Road  »


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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of John Norman Howard was originally written for James Taylor, but he'd had enough of movies after his "torturous" debut in Two-Lane Blacktop (1971). See more »


The very last line of the song Streisand sings during the big climax performance, "Are you watching me now," is sung with the microphone away from her mouth, revealing it to be lip-synced. Streisand does however mouth the word "now" even though the microphone is still not anywhere near her mouth. See more »


Esther Hoffman: You can trash your life but you're not going to trash mine.
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Crazy Credits

Ms. Streisand's clothes from ... Her Closet. See more »


EVERGREEN (Love Theme from A Star is Born)
Music by Barbra Streisand
Lyrics by Paul Williams
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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Groovy Babs!
27 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

My mom took me to see this movie when it came out around Christmas of 1976. I loved it then and I love it now. I know everyone makes fun of Barbra's hair in this one, but I think she looks and sounds great! ...And I seem to remember a number of women who copied that permed look at the time! Also, the bath tub scene between Streisand and Kristoferson is just so sexy! The music is great as well. This is the groovy 70's Babs at her best!

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